The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

A Toy for Arrogant Rich People

Jun 23, 2014

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer won the bidding war among tycoons with a two billion dollar offer to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. This is a record price for an NBA team. Ballmer would join the exclusive club of filthy rich sports team owners, if the deal goes through.

Ownership of the Clippers changed hands in a very short time. A month ago, Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, not because he made racist remarks–he had been making them for years–but because his remarks became public.

The NBA wanted to oust the Sterling family from the ownership at a meeting, but Shelly Sterling beat the NBA by selling the Clippers before this happened. All these rich people were in a hurry, as if an opportunity to own an NBA team was the sole crucial event of their life.

The rich show off by buying ever bigger yachts, luxury cars, or larger exclusive beachfront property. This time it was a sports team. Many of them quickly came up with offers well above a billion dollars. After all, a billion or two dollars for these people is only pocket change.

These rich people had no scruples about paying billions to a person like Sterling with the mindset of a slave plantation owner. In the end, Sterling was one of them. They all made their billions by robbing workers.

These ugly, arrogant people turn a sports team of human beings into another plaything for the rich.